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Mac Pro Intel Xeon and Apple Monitor LED 24"

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golf king Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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Dec 11, 2012 11:16 AM

Hi out there,

                      can anyone help !

 

I have an older Mac Pro Intel Xeon, the one with Firewire 800 and 400. I also have a newer Apple monitor, the one just with Mini Firewire ( 24"  ) . At present I connect my Macbook Pro to it ( it's the one with Mini FW, Power & USB ).

 

Does anyone have any idea how I may attach my older Mac Pro to this monitor, using any type or types of adpaters etc

 

Is it possible to do ?

 

I would really like to be able to connect both, perhaps even by DVI from MPro and something in between to Monitor !!

 

Any suggestions would be most grateful.

 

Steve ( UK )

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1), Intel iMac & MB Pro 13" SSD
  • Malcolm J. Rayfield Level 5 Level 5 (4,500 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 4:54 PM (in response to golf king)

    What graphics card is in your Mac Pro?

  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,535 points)
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    Dec 11, 2012 5:00 PM (in response to golf king)

    What is mini firewire? never heard of one.

     

    I think you have the newest Thunderbolt displays, and there is no card, no support, no way.

     

    No GPU.

     

    Thunder is a feature of newer logicboard.

     

    Sometimes it helps to be detail specific or better yet a link to the product page.

    And support page articles.

     

    www.apple.com/support/

  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 7:32 AM (in response to golf king)

    The Apple 24" Cinema LED display has a Mini DisplayPort input cable, not ThunderBolt.

     

    So it CAN be connected, you are not completely screwed.

     

    The best solution is to upgrade your 7300 graphics card (that has a Dual-Link DVI and a single-Link DVI) to the Apple-firmware 5770 graphics card (that has a Dual-Link DVI and two of those Mini DisplayPorts on it) and be sure you are running at least 10.6.5. It runs about US$250 and will give you a dramatic graphics improvement. Works in all Mac Pros despite Apples reluctance to test and certify it in the earlier models, where it runs slightly slower due to PCIe 1 slots.

     

    For "no-fuss" operation, be sure to buy the Apple-firmware card, not a generic PC card.

     

    An alternative solution is to buy an Atlona stunt-box to convert Dual-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort. When you Upgrade, this expensive (about US$100) stunt-box will be a throw-away.

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 10:26 AM (in response to golf king)

    Why does the Thunderbolt cable connection look just the same as a mini port connection ?

    So that you can plug your Mini Displayport displays directly into a ThunderBolt port and have them work without adapters. Nice feature, eh?

     

    NONE of these sort of adapters are reversible -- thy provide conversions only in one direction, and do not work at all the other direction.

     

    The increaed perormance from simply replacing your existing 7300 display card with a 5770 will be noticeable.

     

    But to complete your "due dilligence, this is the adfapter you would need:

     

    http://www.atlona.com/Atlona-Dual-Link-DVI-to-Mini-DisplayPort-Converter-USB-Pow ered.html

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers
  • Grant Bennet-Alder Level 8 Level 8 (48,110 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 1:26 PM (in response to golf king)

    For "no fuss" installation, be sure you are getting a 5770 with Apple firmware.

     

    A PC card will not light up under Mac OS X.

     

    A PC card flashed with Apple firmware will not allow you to boot easily from alternate sources because it will not light up until the login screen.

     

    US$250 is about £154 Sterling, so that is likley to be the Apple card. (plus 17% VAT and it is spot on.)

    Mac Pro (Early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.8), & Server, PPC, & AppleTalk Printers

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